Learn English and explore the beautiful city of Edinburgh
Intrepid English has been providing top-class online English lessons since 2013 to students from all over the world. This year, we are delighted to announce that we have created a unique experience for English learners to develop their language skills while exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
For one week in September, six Intrepid English students will have the opportunity to visit Scotland's capital to study English and explore this historic and inspiring city.
From 2nd - 9th September 2018, students will stay in luxury accommodation in the stunning area of Stockbridge and study English with Lorraine, the founder of Intrepid English. In the afternoons, students will enjoy a daily guided tour with Elspeth, our friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.
How can we fit so much into one week?
Learning a language is always easier when you are having fun!
Many intensive English courses have classes of more than 20 students, who are expected to sit in a classroom all day. Here at Intrepid English, we believe that students learn best when they are stimulated, interested and inspired. We have created the Edinburgh Intrepid English Experience to provide all of these elements and more.
Three hours of intensive English lessons with Lorraine
All learning materials are tailor-made to suit the needs of every student in the group
We will break for one hour to have lunch
Students can prepare their own lunch or visit one of Edinburgh's many cafes, pubs or restaurants
Three-hour tour of Edinburgh's famous landmarks, guided by Elspeth
Lorraine will be there to answer any questions, correct any English mistakes and help all of the students to get the most out of their Edinburgh Intrepid English experience
Meet your Edinburgh Expert, Elspeth
Hi, my name is Elspeth and I will be your friendly local tour guide for the week. I was born and have lived most of my life in the Highlands, although raised and educated in other areas of Scotland too, from the Orkney Isles to Edinburgh where I am now based. My family roots tap into Scotland’s rich traditional heritage. The whisky stills you see in many of the famous Scottish distilleries were once made by my grandfather whose company name still appears on them all.
My love of the outdoors and playing golf came from my Highland golf professional grandfather in Dornoch. I grew up in a family of bagpipe players and enjoy music, learning fiddle and clarsach (Scottish harp).
I’ve many years experience as a tour designer, creating and organising personal special interest tours of Scotland, Ireland and France. It’s a real pleasure meeting people and a delight to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of Scotland’s history, culture, legends, secrets and natural beauty with you.
Languages spoken: English, French, British Sign Language level 2
In May 2017, Intrepid English student, Tosh Masatoshi, visited Edinburgh and Lorraine had the pleasure of showing him around for one week. You can read Tosh's comments below.
– Masatoshi Miki 'Tosh'
It was an amazing experience for me to visit Edinburgh and have English lessons with Lorraine for one week. Though my original purpose of this visit was to improve my English with intensive lessons, I could also enjoy the city very much! Lorraine taught me every day, combining the English lessons and a city trip, which was a very good balance for me.
On the first day, we met at a café called “The Elephant House”, which is famous for being the 'birthplace of Harry Potter'. After a discussion about our lesson plan at the café, she showed me around the city. The first impression of the city for me was that the city doesn’t just keep old buildings but the whole city consists of ancient structures.
By the third day, we had visited several old monuments; Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument, Calton Hill, Greyfriar's Bobby, and more. All the monuments were really impressive, but what I found interesting was that Scottish people are sometimes ironic in their expressions about their heritage. On a plaque at the Scott Monument, the description begins with Charles Dickens’ words “I am sorry to report the Scott Monument a failure. It is like the spire of a Gothic church taken off and stuck in the ground.” In addition, one monument on Calton Hill is locally called “Edinburgh’s Disgrace” as the structure has stood incomplete for over 200 years because of a budget shortage at the time it was built.
Japanese people might find it interesting that the statue of a dog called Greyfriar's Bobby has the similar story to the famous Japanese dog called Hachi-ko which is also displayed in the courtyard of Shibuya station. Tokyo.
On the fourth day, we went running for about 12km and also went for a trek up Salisbury Crags, which is the sloping hill close to Holyrood Palace near the centre of Edinburgh. It was definitely the most intensive day in terms of both physical and mental effort, but also, the most effective day for my English study. I realised that simultaneously having mental and physical stimulation is the most effective way of studying! The beer and meal we had together after this day was unforgettable, of course.
The last day included a summary of our lessons and we spent some time in a café discussing some serious issues about British society. That evening, I also enjoyed watching a big rugby match at Murrayfield stadium!
During all the trip, Lorraine was both a good friend and a good teacher. She also seemed to enjoy the trip with me, but she never forgot to take a memo for new vocabulary, useful expressions, and corrections of my spoken English.
Great thanks to Lorraine, my one-week intensive English training course was very successful. I would definitely recommend a similar experience to anyone who is eager to improve his/her English and to enjoy Scotland.
Intrepid English student
How much does this experience cost?
Intrepid English has always been proud to offer world-class English language training at a reasonable price. The Edinburgh Intrepid English Experience is available this year for the introductory price of
£900 per person.
This covers the accommodation, a continental breakfast every morning, refreshments during each morning's English lessons and all entrance fees into the historic buildings we will visit during the week. This price does not cover flights, lunch, evening meals or drinks purchased during the evening activities.